|Rushden Echo, 11th January, 1907, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
First Meeting In The New Offices
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. H. Skinner, J. Hornsby, A. Mantle, C. Bates, A. J. Dobbs, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).
The Ratepayers’ Association
Prior to the Council meeting a meeting of the Council was held in committee when a deputation was received from the Ratepayers’ Association, including Messrs. A. Willmott, J. Sargent, G. Ellis, and G. Bayes (secretary).
New Year Wishes
The Chairman wished the members of the Council a happy and prosperous New Year and said he felt it a great honour to preside over the first meeting in the new Council Buildings, which would be the centre of the municipal life of the town. He trusted the town would further develop, and that the new buildings would serve for years the useful purposes for which they had been built. (Applause.)
Plans, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 2nd January, 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, A. J. Dobbs, A. Mantle, and F. Knight.
were presented by:-
Messrs. J. Hyde & Co. Ltd. for additions to their factory in Glassbrook-road and passed subject to the drainage system being re-arranged to the surveyor’s satisfaction and the outer doors either being sliding doors or made to open outwards.
Mr. G. M. Strachan (amended plan) for stabling at the rear of his shop on the Wellingborough-road and passed.
Mr. Asher Abbott for engine house at the end of his stables High-street South and passed.
Infringement of Bye-Laws
The Surveyor reported that a stable had been erected by Mr. A. Simpson at the rear of the house occupied by him in Upper Queen-street in contravention of the Bye-laws.
The Clerk was instructed to require Mr. Simpson to give an undertaking to remove the building when requested so to do by the Council and at the same time to intimate to him that the building would have to be removed before the end of the coming summer.
Building Operations in The Year 1906
The Surveyor reported that plans for the following buildings had been passed during the year:-
And that during the year he had certified the completion of the following:-
The Surveyor reported that Mr. Packwood on behalf of the owners of property on the West side of Grove-street had made a proposal to him that the owners should bear the expense of laying the sewer in the backway at the rear of their houses as far as the south end of Mr. T. Wilmott’s property and that the Council should bear the expense of carrying it on to the main sewer in the Newton-road. The Committee agreed to accept this proposal subject to the whole of the work being carried out by the surveyor.
The Surveyor asked for instructions as to the apportionment of the expense of making up this road, the Committee decided to visit the site before coming to any decision.
The Surveyor reported that 1,280 loads of snow were removed from the High-street and immediate vicinity after the fall last week; 52 men were employed.
The annual report of the Secretary to the Fire Brigade was received from which it appeared that four small fires had occurred in Rushden during the past year. The Brigade also attended two fires at Raunds. Messrs. H. Seckington and H. Whittington two of the firemen had resigned during the year and Mr. Mark Wildman had joined the Brigade.
A table of attendances accompanied the report from which it appeared that the members’ attendances at drill were satisfactory. The Committee noticed however that in three instances members had been absent from three roll calls in succession and the Clerk was instructed to enquire from the Secretary of the Brigade if these members had given sufficient reason for their absence as required by rule 7 to prevent them being struck off the strength of the Brigade.
The report was adopted.
Finance &c., Committee
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 2nd Jan., 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, and J. Hornsby.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sums:-
Collector’s Fittings Accounts
The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings accounts, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums on the undermentioned accounts:-
Cemetery Registrar’s Account
The Committee also examined the Cemetery Registrar’s account, from which it appeared that the following sum had been paid to him during the month:-
From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the under-mentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that two cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, both of scarlet fever.
The Sanitary Inspector submitted details of his work during the month.
The Clerk reported with regard to the epidemic of measles at the north end of the town that on the 14th December he received a letter from the Medical Officer advising the closing of the Schools until after the Christmas holidays. The letter was at once communicated to the Chairman of the School Managers, who immediately acted thereon.
The Inspector called attention to several small matters requiring attention at the hospital.
It was resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Chairman, Vice-chairman, and Inspector to visit the hospital and report to the next meeting what they considered necessary to be done.
Applications from Messrs. T. A. Knight, E. Warren, and E. Hollis for renewals of their slaughter-house licences were received and the licences recommended to be granted.
A similar application was received from Mr. W. Smart in respect of the slaughter-house at the rear of the “Waggon and Horses” Inn. The Inspector informed the Committee that these premises were not at all satisfactory and that he could not recommend the granting of the licence until they had been put in a proper state.
The Clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Smart that until the necessary works had been carried out the Committee could not recommend the licence being granted.
General District Rate
The Collector submitted a rate which he had prepared amounting to £3974 12s. 3d. The Committee approved the rate and recommended the Council to make the same at their next meeting.
The report was adopted.
Council In Committee
At a meeting of the whole Council in Committee held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 12th December, 1906, there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, G. Denton, A. J. Dobbs, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, A. Mantle, and G. H. Skinner.
The recommendation of the Free Library Committee that a suitable person should be appointed Caretaker of the Council Offices in conjunction with the Free Library, and that a Joint Committee be appointed by the Council and the Free Library Committee to select such person, fix and apportion the remuneration and define the duties was unanimously agreed to and the following members were appointed to act on such Committee:- The Chairman, Messrs. G. Denton, F. Knight, and A. J. Dobbs.
The report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A special meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 14th Dec., 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, G. H. Skinner, W. Bazeley, W. Clarke, and J. T. Colson.
The Chairman reported that the District Council had agreed to the recommendations made by this Committee at their last meeting and had appointed four of its members to act on a joint Committee with a similar number to be appointed by the Library Committee. The following members were appointed:- The Chairman, Messrs. J. T. Colson, W. Clarke, and W. H. Brown.
It was decided that the Library should be opened as usual during the whole of the week except on Christmas Day.
Sale of Periodicals, &c.
It was resolved to sell the Periodicals for the ensuing year on Saturday, the 5th January, 1907. A notice announcing the sale was directed to be posted in the Library.
A meeting of the joint Committee appointed by the Council and Free Library Committee to appoint a caretaker for the new Offices and the Library was held at the Vestry Hall on Monday, the 17th December, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Claridge, J. T. Colson, W. Clarke, and A. J. Dobbs.
From expressions of opinion both at the meeting of the Council and also of the Free Library Committee, when the appointment of this joint committee was made, this Committee felt that the office of Caretaker must in the first instance be offered to Mr. Hazeldine, the present caretaker of the Free Library, and it was accordingly resolved that the appointment be offered to him. In the event of Mr. Hazeldine declining to accept the appointment the Clerk was instructed to advertise inviting applications.
Salary:- It was agreed that the salary should be 26s. per week, apportioned 16s. in respect of the Council Buildings and 10s. in respect of the Free Library.
Duties:- The Caretaker’s duties were defined as follows:-
(1) To take general oversight of both buildings from opening to close.
(2) To be responsible for the cleaning, heating, and lighting of both buildings.
(3) To see that both buildings are prepared for opening at 9 o’clock each morning.
(4) To be in personal attendance at the Council Buildings at all meetings.
The usual meetings are Council on the 1st, 2nd, and last Wednesday and Water Board on the 2nd and 3rd Mondays in each month.
(5) To take charge of Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
(6) To close and lock up buildings each night.
(7) To attend to the reasonable requirements of the heads of the several departments in the Council buildings and of the Management Committee of the Free Library.
(8) Duties to commence on the 1st January, 1907.
(9) The person appointed to devote the whole of his time to the duties of the office.
The Clerk was instructed to advertise for a young lady to act as Librarian during a portion of each day at a salary of 12s. per week. The lady appointed to attend at the Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 8.30 p.m.
Mr. Claridge said the Library Committee had decided that the Library should be opened at 9.30, not 9 a.m.
Free Library Committee
A special meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 4th January, 1907, when there were present Mr. John Claridge (chairman), Archdeacon Kitchin, the Rev. W. F. Harris, Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, J. T. Colson, W. Clark, and W. H. Brown.
The report of the Joint Committee was received, from which it appeared that Mr. J. Hazeldine had been offered the appointment of caretaker of the Council Buildings and Library on the terms set forth in the report. The Clerk reported that Mr. Hazeldine had accepted the appointment.
Thirteen applications were received for the post of Lady Librarian: the following three candidates were selected for an interview with the Committee on Monday evening next:- Miss L. Turner, Miss D. Corbett, and Miss E. Lack.
The meeting was adjourned until Monday.
At the adjourned meeting held at the Library on Monday, 7th January, 1907. Present:- Mr. John Claridge (chairman), Archdeacon Kitchin, the Rev. W. F. Harris, Messrs. J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, G. H. Skinner, W. Bazeley, W. Clarke, J. T. Colson, W. H. Brown, and T. Swindall.
After the three selected candidates had been interviewed by the Committee and a ballot taken, it was unanimously resolved that Miss D. Corbett be appointed Lady Librarian at a salary of 12s. per week. Duties to commence at once.
Miss Corbett undertook in the event of being unable to attend at the Library at any time through illness or otherwise to provide a substitute free of cost to the Committee. It was also agreed that Miss Corbett should be allowed a fortnight’s leave of absence during the year, she providing a substitute, in this case, at the cost of the Committee.
Sale of Periodicals, &c.
It was reported that this sale took place on the 5th January as arranged. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. John S. Mason, the auctioneer, for his voluntary services.
Newspapers and Periodicals
It was resolved to accept the tender of Mr. Jowitt for the supply of newspapers and periodicals for the current year on the same terms as last year.
Gifts of Books
The Management Committee reported the gift of two books from Mr. Samuel Smith and the thanks of the Committee were accorded him.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to expend a further sum of £15 in the purchase of new books during the current financial year.
Mr. Claridge, in moving that the Council spend £15 on books in the current year, said that 21,821 books had been taken out from the library in a little over 12 months and there were 1250 borrowers on the list. Taken on the whole he thought the library had answered the purpose for which it was intended and had proved itself a very useful institution. (Hear, hear.)
The motion was adopted.
The Vestry Hall
On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Skinner, the seal of the Council was affixed to the conveyance of the Vestry Hall from the Council to the Rector and Churchwardens.
Re-Appointment of Medical Officer
On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Claridge, Dr. Morris was re-appointed Medical Officer for the ensuing year by seven votes to four.
Stables To Be Built
Mr. Hornsby moved that the Clerk be instructed to negotiate for a loan of £400 for the erection of stables. He said that the Council approved of the plans at their last meeting and the question was thoroughly thrashed out.
Mr. Dobbs seconded the motion.
In the discussion which followed, Mr. Denton said that if the arguments of the deputation which had met the Council had any weight, now was the time to consider them. Personally he was of opinion that the Council should not take action at the present time, and he would prefer to see the question deferred for 12 months.
Mr. Clipson said he would rather the matter should rest until after the election, though he was not influenced in that by what they had been told that night.
Mr. Claridge thought it was not an opportune time to spend money unnecessarily, and therefore opposed the erection of the stables at the present time. They could not shut their eyes to the fact that the deputation that had waited upon them that evening had put reasons before them why the work should be postponed for a time. He believed that to do their own scavenging would cost a great deal more than it did under the present system.
Mr. Skinner agreed with Mr. Claridge, and while not dissenting from the motion in principle believed they would do well not to incur any extra expense at the present time. He was afraid the rates would be 2/6 instead of 2/4 next year and they ought to keep the expenses down.
Mr. Bazeley supported the resolution and did not believe the scheme would put any appreciable burden on the town. He thought the scheme had been delayed too long now.
Mr. Ballard also supported the resolution and said that while he did not think the work would be done cheaper he thought it would be done better. That had, at any rate, been the experience of Kettering.
Mr. Dobbs said the cost of the scheme would be much less when the loan was paid off.
Mr. Knight said he had been opposed to the scheme all along and was opposed to it now. He did not think it was paying the Surveyor much of a compliment to say that the work would be done better under the scheme proposed, because he was satisfied that the Surveyor would not allow the work under the present system to be done unsatisfactorily. He contended that the proposed alteration would necessitate the provision of a dust destructor. His views were just the same as they were before the Ratepayers’ Association was formed, but he heartily welcomed the expressions of opinion they had heard that night. It might have been better if they had had advice before. The Association asked them to postpone the building of the stables until after the election, and it was not a great deal to ask. At any rate, the Council would then have a guide as to the feeling of the town on the matter.
Mr. Clipson moved as an amendment that the question be deferred for three months.
Mr. Skinner seconded the amendment.
Mr. Hornsby replied to the arguments of the opponents of the scheme.
Mr. Claridge appealed to Mr. Hornsby to accept the amendment.
Mr. Dobbs expressed the hope that he would not do so.
The Chairman said he should vote for the resolution on the principle of efficiency.
The amendment was lost by 7 votes to 5. The resolution was carried by 7 votes to 3, Messrs. Knight, Claridge and Skinner constituting the minority, and Messrs. Denton and Clipson being neutral.
Mr. Hornsby gave notice that he would move at the next meeting that tenders be advertised for.
The Fire Brigade
Mr. Bazeley asked whether the Fire Brigade committee had met to discuss the resolution of the Council with regard to the purchase of a steam fire engine.
The Chairman said one meeting had been held, but further consideration had been deferred until after a fire brigade demonstration at Wellingborough on Saturday week.